At a recent Council meeting, Mayor Lucas Cleveland gave “notice of a motion” to be moved at the next regular Council meeting “regarding Parking Rules, Regulations, and Fines in Cobourg”. His concern is that paid Parking is too complicated in Cobourg and needs to be simplified. It’s too hard to understand for both residents and visitors. He’s talking about downtown and the waterfront area since that’s where parking is “paid” – I’m not aware of any other paid parking. But Lucas also wants to minimize the loss of potential parking revenue. His motion asks staff to “report back … on the steps and recommendations to completely reimagine the parking program/regime within the town of Cobourg to one based on simplicity”. Included in his “notice of motion” were two letters from citizens who said that the current downtown 2 hour limit is not long enough.
The DBIA also had a motion for consideration.
- Introduce a discounted DBIA monthly or Annual Parking Pass for people who own or are employed downtown.
- Introduce a 30-minute grace period for patrons running a quick errand or picking up an order.
- Implement free parking after 4 pm from Monday to Saturday and free parking on Sundays.
But Lucas also had some specific suggestions:
Summary of Suggestions by Mayor
- Provide Cobourg taxpayers with the opportunity to pay for all paid parking within their town in a single yearly payment at a steeply discounted rate;
Lucas noted that parking enforcement has two distinct seasons: a low season that starts on September 15th and ends May 14th (8 month period) and a high season that starts May 15th and ends September 15th (4 month period):
During the 8-month low season
- All paid parking within Cobourg to be free for the first 3 hours;
- A day pass to be available at $20 with fines not to exceed $80 and that the pass work for all paid parking spots in Cobourg for the entirety of the day.
During the 4-month high season
- No free parking and all paid parking priced at $5 an hour.
- A day pass be available at $40 with fines not to exceed $160.
- A monthly pass be available for all paid parking in Northumberland for $25/ month or $100 for the entirety of the high season.
- Further that all Northumberland residents are able to purchase a monthly parking pass for $80 for the entire high season.
- All businesses located in the DBIA are permitted to purchase an $80 monthly parking pass for any of their full-time employees who live outside Northumberland county and that the pass be valid for all paid spots in the town of Cobourg.
- That daily parking passes are made available to be purchased online, at the parking machines or at specified vendors in the DBIA.
- That town staff make recommendations as to how they plan to make purchasing of daily and monthly parking passes more accessible and easier to purchase during high season.
- That all handicapped parking spaces be free at all times and that the fine for illegally parking in a handicapped space be increased to $1000.00 for a first-time offence.
I note that extending the passes to all paid parking in Northumberland would be tricky plus there are contradictions between the clauses about Northumberland. But this “Motion” has not yet been passed and anyway the staff are simply being given some suggestions.
Before the notice of motion was passed, a clause was deleted. It would have meant “suspending all paid parking until a new parking strategy is implemented”.
If you are not clear on what the current situation is for parking in Cobourg, I have attempted to explain it all on the Parking page on Cobourg Internet.
The motion will be ratified (or not) at the regular Council meeting at the end of February and includes a request for the Staff report to be provided at the Council meeting at the end of March.